Carer, 32, faces jail after family use hidden camera to catch her stealing cash from bed-bound dementia-hit grandmother, 81, in care home
- Stuart Vaizey, 36, installed a CCTV after his grandmother reported missing cash
- Carer Kerry Claridge, 32, was caught going through the 81-year-old’s purse
- The single mother pleaded guilty and was warned she faced jail term
A carer is facing jail after she was caught red-handed on a hidden camera stealing money from an 81-year old, bed-bound dementia-hit grandmother in a care home.
A concerned grandson Stuart Vaizey, 36, decided to install the spy camera at sheltered housing in Portsmouth, Hants, to catch the carer Kerry Claridge, 32, stealing from his bed-bound grandmother’s purse.
And the video clearly showed her stealing from 81-year-old widow Joyce Cooper, who has dementia and had suffered a stroke.
Mrs Cooper’s family installed a hidden camera to catch the carer (pictured) stealing cash from her purse
The grandmother-of-three reported missing cash, prompting her grandsonw to turn detective.
Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard footage captured after the victim returned home from hospital having suffering a stroke showed Claridge, 32, going through her belongings.
Mr Vaizey went to confront the thief, but she fled from a back door.
Going through the recordings later, he found another theft that had taken place a month earlier.
When later questioned by police, the single mother from Southsea, Hants admitted a third theft before the CCTV was set up.
The court was told she stole £50 on one occasion, cigarettes on another one and unknown value on a third occasion.
The single mother pleaded guilty and was warned she faced jail term when she is sentenced
Mr Vaizey said after the hearing: ‘I’m absolutely disgusted as carers are put in a position of trust and should feel compassion for the old people they work with – not choose to steal from people who are vulnerable and have dementia.
‘I needed to see if my nan was spending it or if it was a member of the family, or if it was indeed the care staff,’ he said.
‘We shouldn’t have to do things like this – it’s a supposedly safe secure environment for elderly people and I feel that this should never happen to people like this.
Stuart Vaizey, 36 installed a hidden camera after his grandmother reported missing cash
The footage shows carer Kerry Claridge, 32, going through the 81- year old’s belongings
‘It’s been hard for the family as there have been accusations that it could have been them.
‘It’s been extremely affecting my nan – people stopped going to see her as they felt they were being blamed.
‘She says it’s horrible. She thought the carer was a nice girl as she always tried to be nice to her.’
Magistrates warned Claridge could face a jail term when she is sentenced on December 9.
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